Revealed: The countries English holidaymakers can travel to without having to quarantine

James Morris
·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
·4-min read
A woman wears a mask as she walks at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, in London, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday imposed its most draconian peacetime restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus on businesses and social gatherings.  For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
The government has announced new 'air bridges' allowing holidays in certain countries. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The government has released a full list of countries English holidaymakers can travel to without having to self-isolate upon their return.

Quarantine restrictions for people returning to, or visiting, England from the 59 countries – as well as 14 British Overseas Territories – will be lifted from Friday next week (10 July).

Here are 10 of the countries included in the “air bridges”. For a full list, go to the bottom of the page.

Germany, Australia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, France, New Zealand, Poland.

The United States, Portugal and Sweden are not included on the list.

The Department of Transport has said the approved destinations pose a “a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The requirement for everyone arriving into the UK – bar a handful of exemptions – to self-isolate for 14 days was introduced on 8 June.

Under the lifted restrictions, passengers from the approved countries – which will be kept “under constant review” – will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in England.

FILE  - In this Monday, June 8, 2020 file photo, passengers wearing face masks arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. The British government said Friday, July 3, 2020, it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from about 60 countries deemed “lower risk” for the coronavirus, including France, Spain, Germany and Italy — but not the United States.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
Passengers wearing face masks arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. (AP/Matt Dunham)

Anyone self-isolating because they have arrived or returned before 10 July will be able to stop from that date.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said earlier on Friday: “Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation.

“Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses.”

Shapps said “British” but the rules only apply to England – the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to set out their own rules.

Downing Street had been unable to convince the three countries to sign off on the plan before it was made public.

Ahead of the publication of the list, the government came under fire from the devolved administrations over its handling of the issue.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon labelled Boris Johnson’s administration “shambolic” over its decision making process, while suggesting Downing Street had not involved Scotland in discussions.

Mark Drakeford, Wales’ first minister, said he was “dealing with a government that never appears capable of making up its mind, let alone communicating that sensibly to devolved administrations”.

Meanwhile, responding to the publication of the list, the Liberal Democrats called for the government to publish its “scientific basis”.

Health, wellbeing and social care spokesperson Munira Wilson said: “Where quarantine is concerned, the government have been all over the place. Clearly, that hasn't changed.

“People deserve better. To avoid yet further confusion, ministers must publish the scientific basis for their decisions.”

Here is the full list of countries from which people can travel to England without having to quarantine from 10 July:

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Croatia

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominica

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Germany

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Malta

Mauritius

Monaco

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Réunion

San Marino

Serbia

Seychelles

South Korea

Spain

St Barthélemy

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Pierre and Miquelon

Switzerland

Taiwan

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Vatican City

Vietnam

As well as those listed above, the 14 British Overseas Territories will also be exempt from the quarantine measures, according to the UK government website.

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